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WWE Fantasy: Royal Rumble 2012

Kevin BergeFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2012

WWE Fantasy: Royal Rumble 2012

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    This is Fantasy Royal Rumble brought to you by Will Owen and Michael Broughton (in charge of Raw) and me (in charge of Smackdown).

    For those who are backlogged at all, check out the last two weeks of Raw here and here and SmackDown here and here.

    Now, onto the night, where anyone could be leaving the event with a main event level title match opportunity at WrestleMania.

    The pay-per-view card:

    John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler Unsanctioned Match: SD

    Shelton Benjamin vs. Drew McIntyre (c) for United States Championship: Raw

    Daniel Bryan vs. Kurt Angle: SD

    Randy Orton (c) vs. Seth Rollins for World Heavyweight Championship: Raw

    CM Punk (c) vs. the Miz Steel Cage match for the WWE Title: SD

    30-Man Royal Rumble Match

    The intro rolls, then we see the normal PPV promo intro video with the music of Dark Horses by Switchfoot.

Match 1: Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena: Unsanctioned Match

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    As the show begins, we cut to backstage, where Dolph Ziggler and John Cena are already brawling. The commentators inform us that this fight has been going on for about five minutes already, as no one was able to separate the two to get them to the ring.

    A referee runs over the chaos and begins keeping track of the action. Dolph Ziggler is beating down on the back of Cena over a large metal crate. He then takes the back of Cena's skull and bashes it into the crate several times.

    Cena is disoriented, but he manages to elbow Ziggler in the gut several times to get him off. Cena turns around, putting his back on the crate, and he pushes off hitting a running clothesline sending Ziggler to the ground.

    Cena stomps on Ziggler several times and then backs up. As Ziggler tries to rise, Cena grabs him and goes for a spin-out powerbomb, except Ziggler grabs Cena's head as he is in the air. Ziggler hits a move close to a bulldog on Cena out of his position.

    Ziggler then rolls back and looks around for something while Cena is rising. He finds a steel chair and picks it up. Cena is up, and Ziggler hits him hard against the back. Both go tumbling through the hallways as they keep fighting. They go rumbling past several superstars who have to get out of the way.

    They stop near a locker room, where Ziggler throws the steel chair into Cena's hand and hits a Superkick to the skull. The referee finally catches up as Ziggler opens the door to the locker room, and he drags Cena inside. Ziggler finds a sledgehammer in the room and hits Cena with it in the chest.

    Ziggler then hits a back shot before whipping Cena into a locker. He then hits a jumping elbow drop and relaxes for a second. As Cena tries to rise, Ziggler goes for a leg drop bulldog.

    Cena catches him and slams him down with a quick emerald flowsion. Cena takes the hammer and slams it down on Ziggler's back. He hits him several times, then grabs Ziggler and drags him out of locker room.

    He puts Ziggler on his shoulders hitting a running powerbomb, and he asks the referee to call the match. Ziggler calls him off and slowly gets to his feet. The two stare down again. Cena throws the first punch.

    They exchange blows as they tumble through the hallways and make it to a recording studio area near the entrance spot. Ziggler runs at Cena only to get hit by a spinebuster from Cena. People working on camera angles on the side are getting a bit worried as Cena tries to whip Ziggler into some of the equipment.

    Ziggler reverses it, pulling Cena in for a German suplex. Ziggler drags out Cena out to the stage, where the crowd can see them as they cheer. Ziggler hits an inverted body slam on the steel. Then, Ziggler runs at Cena to hit the Zig Zag, but Cena blocks it, pulling him onto his shoulder.

    In the same motion, Cena throws Ziggler over his shoulder, and Ziggler crashes down to the floor below head-first. The crowd goes wild for the spot as Cena tries to recover. Ziggler is not moving on the floor below. The referee runs down to check on Ziggler to try and rule if the match should end.

    He turns Ziggler over, who is serious pain, and his forehead is bleeding heavily. The referee starts trying to call for the match to end, but Ziggler pulls his arm down, shaking his head. He uses the leverage of the referee to pull himself up, and he slowly moves toward the upper stage.

Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena Continued

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    He pulls himself up onto the ramp and walks toward Cena. He smiles and motions for Cena to come at him. Cena is wary for a second, but he soon moves toward Ziggler. Ziggler begins pulling out a series of punches against Cena, which causes him to start reeling, but the blood gets in Ziggler's line of vision.

    He loses his stability, allowing Cena to come back with a clothesline. Ziggler hits the ramp hard. Ziggler slowly rises again. Cena shakes his head, saying this needs to stop, but Ziggler lands a punch. Cena takes it, still shaking his head. Ziggler hits him again.

    Cena still refuses to attack. Ziggler glares at him and slaps him right in the face. This causes something to snap. Cena fires back with a big right and then beats down on Ziggler as he falls to the ground. He then beats on Ziggler on the steel, then lifting him up and hitting an AA on the steel.

    The crowd is going crazy for the attack as Cena stops and he tells the referee to call for the bell. Ziggler again waves him off, and to everyone's amazement, gets back to his feet. He hits a twisting belly-to-belly on a stage and starts walking off.

    This causes the crowd start booing Cena more, as Ziggler again is getting up, which gets him huge cheers. Cena yells at him to "stay down," but Ziggler curses at Cena. He swings a right at Cena, who ducks and hits a sitout hip toss.

    He yells at Ziggler to "give up" and goes over to the referee, motioning for him to stop the match. Ziggler is having none of it as the crowd cheers and he struggles to get to his feet. Cena glares him down, but he won't lift a finger. The crowd is obviously behind Ziggler at this point.

    Cena looks away for a second and is met by a Superkick when he turns back, causing Cena to collapse to the floor. The crowd goes crazy as Cena slowly rises and Ziggler latches on a sleeper hold. Cena is fading from the move as Ziggler's blood flows out onto the stage.

    Cena looks ready to collapse when he manages to just edge up his shoulder, reversing it into a fireman's carry. Cena hits this second AA onto the stage, and it seems like it's over. Cena smiles much to the chagrin of the crowd, but turns around to see Ziggler getting up one more time.

    Ziggler grins, and Cena's face turns to one of annoyance. As Ziggler tries to take a step though, he suddenly loses his footing and collapses in a heap. The referee checks on Ziggler and rules that he cannot continue.

    Justin Roberts: "The winner of this match, John Cena." (Time of contest during broadcast: 21:31)

    Ziggler is not even moving as the referee raises Cena's hand. A slight grin forms on his face as the crowd boos him. Medical staff come out to check on Ziggler's condition and eventually have to get a stretcher to take Ziggler to the back.

Match 2: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin: US Title Match

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    The challenger, Shelton Benjamin, comes out first to a pretty nice pop from the crowd. Drew McIntyre comes out next, accompanied by his girlfriend, Layla. However, if Drew loses tonight, Shelton will earn both the United States Title and Layla!

    The bell rings, and the match is underway. Shelton starts out on the offense, connecting with repeated clotheslines. When Drew gets up, Shelton nails a dropkick. McIntyre is down, and Shelton uses the time to taunt.

    He points at Layla, claiming that he will win her over her tonight. Benjamin then gets out on the apron. When Drew stands, Shelton hits a springboard bulldog. He makes the cover. 1...Kick Out.

    When McIntyre gets back up, Shelton goes for a flying clothesline, but is reversed into a hangman's flapjack. When Benjamin turns back around, Drew connects with a tilt-a-whirl gut buster. McIntyre then picks Shelton up and hits a double-knee arm breaker.

    Drew is in control as Benjamin writhes in pain. McIntyre places Shelton up over his head and nails a huge gut buster! He signals that the match is over before making the pin. 1...2...Kick Out.

    Drew is angered and begins arguing with the referee, convinced that it should have been a three-count. While McIntyre argues, Shelton is able to recover and stand up. When Drew turn around, Benjamin goes for a kick, but McIntyre catches his foot. However, Shelton then reverses it into a dragon whip.

    Both men are down and out as Layla looks on. Shelton is able to get to his feet before Drew. When McIntyre stands, Benjamin nails a Bridging Northern Lights Suplex, followed by a pin attempt. 1...2...Kick Out!!

    Drew rolls out of the ring to get a breather, but Shelton doesn't waste time. When McIntyre turns around, Benjamin goes diving to the outside with a suicide dive. With Drew down, Shelton gets on the apron.

    As McIntyre gets back up, suicide Arabian press, but Drew moves out of the way. Shelton crashes down outside the ring. Drew gets to his feet and drags Benjamin into the ring. McIntyre then connects with a snap suplex, followed by a cover. 1...2...Kick Out!

    Drew is upset, but continues to work. He goes for a big boot and nails it. It seems as if Drew is finishing up the match as he sets up for the Scot Drop. However, Shelton is able to elbow his way out. McIntyre runs at Benjamin again, but Shelton nails Pay Dirt! He makes the pin. 1...2...Layla puts Drew's foot on the rope for a rope break!

    Shelton is shocked and looks at Layla in disbelief. The two argue long enough for Drew to get back to his feet. When Benjamin turns around, Drew nails a kick to the gut, followed by Future Shock! He makes the pin. 1....2....3!

    HERE IS YOUR WINNER...DREW MCINTYRE!

    Layla smiles and slides into the ring. Drew and his girlfriend celebrate the victory as the betrayed Benjamin lays unconscious on the mat.

Backstage Segment: Michael Cole

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    Michael Cole is backstage, looking for someone. His eyes light up as he finds the one he was looking for.

    Cole: "Miz, I have been taking to HHH, and there is one spot left in the Rumble. Apparently, Richie Steamboat is still rehabilitating and won't be able to compete. I told Triple H to give you the spot, but you have to ask for it."

    Miz: "Michael, I'm disappointed in you. You know I don't need that spot. I will be the one the Rumble winner challenges come WrestleMania after I beat down CM Punk, who refuses to even pay attention to me. The Miz, the WWE Champion once again. It's going to be a good night."

    He walks off as Cole looks on a bit distressed. Suddenly, Cena enters the screen to a negative reaction by the crowd.

    Cena: "One spot, I don't have a spot in the match. After what happened to Ziggler, there might even be two spots. Why don't you give me one?"

    Cole: "John, you already have a WrestleMania main event match. HHH will not allow you a spot in the Rumble. Do you understand that?"

    Cena: "I don't think you understand. I promised the Rock that he would face me with the WWE Title on my shoulder. I told him that that title would be on the line, so I win the Rumble, challenge Punk or Miz at No Way Out and become champion to keep my word."

    Cole: "I'm sorry, John. A spot cannot be marked out for you for the event."

    Cena rages off as Cole sighs.

Match 3: Daniel Bryan vs. Kurt Angle

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    A promo video is shown to recap how this feud has come full circle, beginning with Angle interrupting Bryan's matches to a contest between the two to prove who's best to tests that Angle gave Bryan to prepare him for this one last encounter.

    Daniel Bryan hits the ring first to a good reaction with his Money in the Bank briefcase in hand. He seems focused and determined, ready to face anything.

    Kurt Angle comes out next to a great pop from the crowd, who joins into the iconic "you suck" chant as a way of honoring the veteran. The two men face down in the ring until the bell rings.

    The two men lock up sharply. Angle starts to power through eventually gaining an advantage. He wrestles Bryan to the ground, who has to strain to relieve pressure. He ends up getting Angle back on his feet as both toss and turn around the ring as Bryan tries to pull out of the headlock.

    Bryan ends up getting his arms around the chest of Angle and flips Angle over his head to escape the hold, following it up with a clothesline.

    As Angle rises, Bryan goes for a dropkick, only to get batted down. Then, when he runs at Angle again, he gets taken down with an arm drag into another headlock. Bryan starts to work his way out of it, but is unable to escape Angle’s grasp.

    Bryan gets to a vertical base, only for Angle to go for a belly-to-belly suplex, which Bryan reverses in mid-move to an inverted DDT. Bryan aggressively applies a surfboard, which he then extends into a dragon sleeper.

    Bryan has Angle off-pace as he applies heavy pressure on the neck. Angle can be seen to be slowly fading, but he is still moving enough for Bryan to be constantly wary. As the referee goes to check on Angle from the front, Bryan starts rocking on the move pushing himself backward.

    Angle suddenly finds an opening as he grabs Bryan's head from behind and wrenches himself forward, spinning Bryan out as he goes rolling toward the ropes. The two both get up and stare down.

    The two lock hands seemingly as a test of strength. However, Bryan has other plans, as he kicks Angle in the gut and hits a monkey flip. Angle gets up coming back at Bryan, who dodges only for Angle to rebound and hit a double axe handle to the neck, causing Bryan to fall to the mat.

    Angle comes at Bryan, hitting a double leg takedown, transitioning it into a leg-lock. Bryan has to scramble in the position moving around to try and get any leverage. Bryan manages to pull himself toward the ropes only for Angle to flip it over and apply the ankle lock.

    Bryan, having scouted the move well, throws Angle forward into a school boy: ..1...2...kick out.

    The two scramble back to corners of the ring and are slow to rise. They stare each other down until Bryan comes running at Angle, who grabs Bryan and whips him, only for Bryan to use the momentum performing a backflip over Angle's head and then hits a roundhouse kick to the side of the head.

    He covers: ..1....2...kick out.

    As Bryan tries to pull Angle to his feet, Angle fights out, grabbing hold of Bryan for a German suplex. He holds on, though, hitting a second and then a third before releasing the final one hard on the mat. Angle covers: ..1.....2...kick out.

    Angle grabs hold of the midsection, pressing the air out of Bryan's chest and ribs. Bryan has to pull out a series of elbows before grabbing Angle to hit a running bulldog. He goes to the top rope and he prepares to fly. As Bryan launches at a standing Angle for a missile dropkick, he is caught by the leg.

    Angle turns the move into an angle lock and begins wrenching at the leg. At this point, the crowd is cheering for both men with a fervor just happy to see the technicians at work. Bryan scrambles and makes it to the ropes, breaking the submission hold.

    Angle runs at a rising Bryan, only to get caught, and launches over the rope, landing on the apron. Bryan then hits a shoulder block to the gut. He backs up and hits Angle with a running big boot, sending him to the outside.

    When Angle has gotten to his feet, he is greeted by a suicide dive, sending Angle crashing into the barricade. Bryan pumps his fist and grabs Angle, sending him crashing into the steel post. At a count of four, Bryan applies a crossface chickenwing on the outside.

    He lets up the move at eight and slides into the ring, immediately going back out since the count has been stopped. Bryan grabs Angle and sets him up with his head dangling off the apron. Bryan gets in the ring and onto the top rope, where he hits diving double leg drop sending both men down to the mat below.

    At a count of seven, Bryan is back inside with Angle taking until nine. Bryan looks focused and determines with much more stamina and confidence than the men's first encounter.

    Bryan moves toward Angle grabbing him by the neck. He pulls the veteran up and applies a triangle choke. Angle shows some signs of tiring, as he fights the move less than usual. This lulls Bryan into applying a little less care in the lock of the hold.

    Angle exploits this by moving his arms in position and grabbing Bryan's ankle, wrenching at it and eventually transitioning into his own form of leg lock, which he solidly uses to gain the advantage, forcing Bryan to release his choke hold.

    Angle wrenches at the hold without it being an ankle lock. He eventually uses it to transition into a belly-to-back suplex. He then goes to the top rope. He hints at a moonsault, but Bryan catches him with his back turned. Bryan grabs Angle on the back and goes for a side slam.

    Angle fights him off with several strong elbows, causing Bryan to tumble. Angle executes a moonsault and covers: ...1..........2...kick out.

    Angle tries to pick up Bryan for another suplex, with Bryan reversing into a guillotine choke. Angle is in trouble as he struggles to orient himself. He ends up falling to his knees, but he falls forward with his fingertips grasping the bottom rope.

    With Angle down, Bryan pulls him into the center of the ring for the LaBell Lock. Angle seems to be in the move for a couple minutes, unable to make the ropes until he gets a little bit of leeway, and in a brilliant move, reverses into the ankle lock.

    Bryan is writhing in pain unable to make any of the ropes, and Angle will not let up. Bryan looks ready to tap, but he holds on. Suddenly, Bryan gets his hands planted on the ground and pulls his entire weight forward, throwing Angle into the mat in prime position for another LaBell Lock.

    Bryan will not give any ground, but Angle still inches for the ropes. Barely able to see his hands nearly smack against the mat as he pulls himself all the way over and grabs the bottom rope.

    Both men are tired and worn, certainly in pain. They get to their feet again and lock up. Angle gets the advantage. He pulls Bryan in an hits series of belly to belly suplexes. After his third, Angle pushes Bryan off and grabs him for an Angle Slam which he hits. He covers: ...1.........2...kick out.

    The crowd goes wild as Angle slowly grabs Bryan and pulls him to his feet. He goes for a side slam with Bryan pushing out. Bryan knocks Angle then bounces off the ropes. As he rebounds, Angle catches him for another Angle Slam. This time, Bryan is ready.

    He flips over the move, and as Angle tries to orient himself, Bryan grabs him and hits a perfect dragon suplex, immediately in a pining combination: ....1...2...3.

    Justin Roberts: "The winner of this match, Mr. Money in the Bank, Daniel Bryan." (Time of contest: 28:50)

    Angle gets up slowly, and the two look at each other. Angle smiles slowly and extends his hand.

    Bryan gladly shakes it with Angle pulling him and raising Bryan's hand as the winner.

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    As Bryan tries to pull Angle to his feet, Angle fights out, grabbing hold of Bryan for a German suplex. He holds on, though, hitting a second and then a third before releasing the final one hard on the mat. Angle covers: ..1.....2...kick out.

    Angle grabs hold of the midsection, pressing the air out of Bryan's chest and ribs. Bryan has to pull out a series of elbows before grabbing Angle to hit a running bulldog. He goes to the top rope, and he prepares to fly. As Bryan launches at a standing Angle for a missile dropkick, he is caught by the leg.

    Angle turns the move into an Angle Lock and begins wrenching at the leg. At this point, the crowd is cheering for both men with a fervor just happy to see the technicians at work. Bryan scrambles and makes it to the ropes, breaking the submission hold.

    Angle runs at a rising Bryan, only to get caught, and launches over the rope, landing on the apron. Bryan then hits a shoulder block to the gut. He backs up and hits Angle with a running big boot, sending him to the outside.

    When Angle has gotten to his feet, he is greeted by a suicide dive, sending Angle crashing into the barricade. Bryan pumps his fist and grabs Angle, sending him crashing into the steel post. At a count of four, Bryan applies a crossface chicken wing on the outside.

    He lets up the move at eight and slides into the ring, immediately going back out since the count has been stopped. Bryan grabs Angle and sets him up with his head dangling off the apron. Bryan gets in the ring and onto the top rope, where he hits diving double leg drop, sending both men down to the mat below.

    At a count of seven, Bryan is back inside, with Angle taking until nine. Bryan looks focused and determines with much more stamina and confidence than the men's first encounter.

    Bryan moves toward Angle grabbing him by the neck. He pulls the veteran up and applies a triangle choke. Angle shows some signs of tiring as he fights the move less than usual. This lulls Bryan into applying a little less care in the lock of the hold.

    Angle exploits this by moving his arms in position and grabbing Bryan's ankle, wrenching at it and eventually transitioning into his own form of leg lock, which he solidly uses to gain the advantage forcing Bryan to release his choke hold.

    Angle wrenches at the hold without it being an ankle lock. He eventually uses it to transition into a belly-to-back suplex. He then goes to the top rope. He hints at a moonsault, but Bryan catches him with his back turned. Bryan grabs Angle on the back and goes for a side slam.

    Angle fights him off with several strong elbows, causing Bryan to tumble. Angle executes a moonsault and covers: ...1...2...kick out.

    Angle tries to pick up Bryan for another suplex, with Bryan reversing into a guillotine choke. Angle is in trouble as he struggles to orient himself. He ends up falling to his knees, but he falls forward with his fingertips grasping the bottom rope.

    With Angle down, Bryan pulls him into the center of the ring for the LaBell Lock. Angle seems to be in the move for a couple minutes, unable to make the ropes until he gets a little bit of leeway, and in a brilliant move, reverses into the Ankle Lock.

    Bryan is writhing in pain, unable to make any of the ropes, and Angle will not let up. Bryan looks ready to tap, but he holds on. Suddenly, Bryan gets his hands planted on the ground and pulls his entire weight forward, throwing Angle into the mat in prime position for another LaBell Lock.

    Bryan will not give any ground, but Angle still inches for the ropes, barely able to see his hands nearly smack against the mat as he pulls himself all the way over and grabs the bottom rope.

    Both men are tired and worn, certainly in pain. They get to their feet again and lock up. Angle gets the advantage. He pulls Bryan in an hits series of belly-to-belly suplexes. After his third, Angle pushes Bryan off and grabs him for an Angle Slam, which he hits. He covers: ...1...2...kick out.

    The crowd goes wild as Angle slowly grabs Bryan and pulls him to his feet. He goes for a side slam with Bryan pushing out. Bryan knocks Angle then bounces off the ropes. As he rebounds, Angle catches him for another Angle Slam. This time, Bryan is ready.

    He flips over the move, and, as Angle tries to orient himself, Bryan grabs him and hits a perfect dragon suplex, immediately in a pining combination: ....1...2...3.

    Justin Roberts: "The winner of this match, Mr. Money in the Bank, Daniel Bryan." (Time of contest: 24:50)

    Angle gets up slowly, and the two look at each other. Angle smiles slowly and extends his hand.

    Bryan gladly shakes it with Angle pulling him and raising Bryan's hand as the winner.

Match 4: Randy Orton (c) vs. Seth Rollins: World Heavyweight Championship Match

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    Seth Rollins is out first to a loud parade of boos. Randy Orton comes out next and gets the usual cheers from the fans. The ref calls for the bell and the match begins.

    Orton immediately hits a Lou Thesz Press and pounds on Rollins. When Seth stands, Randy connects with a back suplex. Rollins is still down as Orton nails a couple of knee drops. Rollins uses to ropes to pull himself up, but Randy sends him to the outside with a dropkick.

    Randy follows in pursuit of Seth. Orton grabs a hold of Rollins and throws him into the barricade. Seth is able to get up and run at Orton, but is reversed into a scoop powerslam. Randy then slides back into the ring. Seth gets up and gets up on the apron, but Orton catches him and connects with a rope-hung DDT! He goes for the pin. 1....2...Kick Out!

    Randy picks Seth up and goes for O-Zone, but Rollins is able to roll out of it and nail a clothesline. Seth then gets out on the apron. When Orton gets to  his feet, Seth connects with a springboard lariat. He makes the cover. 1...2...Kick Out.

    Seth continues his attack, bouncing off the ropes and hitting a running shooting star press! He makes another pin attempt. 1...2...Kick Out!

    Rollins isn't phased by the kick out as he continues to beat down Randy. When Orton gets up, Seth hits a Yakuza Kick. Randy does a full flip in the air before crashing to the mat. Seth then heads to the top rope. Orton is still down as Rollins jumps off and hits a Pheonix Splash! He makes another cover. 1...2...Kick Out!

    Rollins is completely shocked, but doesn't argue with the referee. Instead, he picks Orton up and nails a belly-to-back complete shot. When Randy gets up, Seth goes for a clothesline, but is reversed into an inverted headlock backbreaker! Randy makes the cover. 1...2...Kick Out!

    Randy goes into a psychotic state, signaling it is time for the RKO. When Rollins gets up, Randy goes for the RKO, but Rollins catches him and hits a bad suplex. Both men are down in the middle of the ring. Seth is able to get up first and takes advantage. He picks Randy up and hits Paroxysm! He makes the cover. 1...2...Kick Out!

    Rollins is frustrated, but doesn't argue. Seth gets up and heads to the top rope. However, Orton takes out Rollins' legs. Randy gets up on the turnbuckle and starts pounding on Tyler. He goes for a suplex, but Rollins is able to hold his ground.The two men struggle before going airborne.

    They fall off the turnbuckle and land on the outside of the ring. The ref begins to count. Seth gets on his feet at a count of five and drags Orton into the ring with him. Orton gets to his knees, but Seth connects with Avada Kedavra! He makes the pin. 1...2...Kick Out!

    Rollins is in complete awe. He begins arguing with the referee as Orton pulls himself up. When Seth turns around, Orton connects with a gut-wrenching neckbreaker. He makes the pin. 1...2...Kick Out!

    Randy restarts his offense, but takes a sudden fault, backing into the corner. He is going to go for his patented punt! He runs across the ring to Seth, but Rollins moves out of the way and makes a roll-up pin. 1...2...Kick Out!

    Both men get up, but Rollins gets the advantage, hitting a dropkick. Seth then heads back up to the top turnbuckle. When Randy stands, he goes for a flying corssbody, but is reversed into an RKO!! He makes the pin. 1....2....3!

    HERE IS YOUR WINNER....RANDY ORTON!

    Orton takes a long time to get up, but eventually stands. He celebrates with his World Heavyweight Title before leaving the ring. Meanwhile, Seth is still knocked out on the mat.

Match 5: CM Punk (c) vs. the Miz: WWE Title Steel Cage Match

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    We are treated to another video package highlighting these two men's journeys to this point against one another, including their promos against one another and their first blood match.

    The Miz comes out first to a good negative reaction and does his usual entrance and enters through the door of the steel cage

    CM Punk follows to a huge pop by the crowd. He makes his way to the ring and looks up at the cage. He breathes in deeply and makes his way into the ring. The two men glare each other down until the bell rings.

    The Miz looks wary to lock up as he and Punk circle. Punk gets in close with Miz, kicking him in the gut and hitting a quick DDT. He runs immediately the other way and up the cage. Punk catches him near the top and hits Miz in the back until he works back down.

    Punk greets Miz with a snap suplex. He works over Miz with a series of stiff elbows. He then locks in the Koji clutch. Miz makes it to the ropes, with Punk letting him rise only to meet him with a step-up high knee and a bulldog. He covers: ..1...2 kick out.

    Punk hits a leg lariat and then goes for a double underhook backbreaker. Miz fights out, though, and decks Punk. He beats on Punk's back, then lifts him up for a neckbreaker. Miz then asks for the door to be opened and makes his way to exit.

    As his foot touches the steel steps, Punk grabs him. He flips Miz around and hits a Mogolian chop. He takes Miz by the arm and whips him into the steel post. As Punk sees the opportunity to leave, Miz rebounds and grabs him. They lock up and pull each other back onto the apron.

    Punk grabs the steel door and slams it into Miz's skull. The two move back into ring with going back to work. He hits a falcon arrow and covers: ..1...2...kick out.

    Punk then goes to the top rope and for the elbow drop, but he misses as Miz rolls away. With Punk in pain, Miz grabs him and hits inverted facelock backbreaker followed by a neckbreaker slam. He covers: ..1...2...kick out.

    Miz takes charge with a headlock, but it doesn't last long, as Punk whips him forward over his shoulder. Punk grabs a rising Miz and catapults him right into the steel cage, then hits the rebounding Miz with a snap scoop powerbomb. He covers: ..1....2...kick out.

    Punk goes to the outside for a springboard clothesline, but he flies right into Miz's grip, who slams Punk against the cold steel. He does this several times, then gets Punk on his shoulder. He runs toward the cage again, but Punk catches the rungs and kicks Miz off, who goes crashing down.

    Punk makes his way up the steel cage, with Miz meeting him near the top. They punch each other back and forth, with Miz seeming to get the upper hand. They both make it to the top, where they exchange fists. A right by Miz is caught by Punk, though, who pulls Miz in and jumps off the mat back to the ring.

    Both land hard on the mat, slow to get up. When they do, they exchange shots again. Miz lands a snapmare driver, and he covers: ..1....2...kick out.

    Punk answers back with a roundhouse kick as he's rising and decides to climb the cage. Miz follows soon enough, and they are standing on the top rope with Punk closer to a corner. A miss by Miz leads into a fireman's carry and a GTS. Punk climbs to the top of the cage and looks down.

    He looks back in the ring seeing Miz lying there. He motions to the crowd, who cheers, and begins to stand up on the steel. He pulls out the signature positions, and then Punk flies off the top rope, hitting the diving elbow drop.

    After dealing with the pain, Punk covers Miz: ..1....2...3.

    Justin Roberts: "The winner of this match and still WWE Champion, CM Punk." (Time of contest: 15:14)

    Punk celebrates as the cage rises with Miz much slower to get up.

Main Event: Royal Rumble

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    After the formalities of getting the match ready, the Royal Rumble match begins.

    Entry No. 1: Christian

    Christian makes his way down to the ring with a smile on his face, surprisingly confident after pulling No. 1.

     

    Entry No. 2: Rey Mysterio

    Out next is Mysterio, who focuses up on his way down to the ring. He gets into the ring as the two veterans start the match. They lock and brawl for a little bit, making little headway on eliminating one another until the next entrant.

     

    Entry No. 3: Kofi Kingston

    Kofi comes down the ramp with focus and determination in his eyes. He goes right after Christian. Both Mysterio and Kofi team up on Christian, hitting a big double dropkick then Kofi hitting a diving crossbody after Mysterio kept Christian at bay.

     

    Entry No. 4: Abraham Washington

    Washington seems reluctant to enter the brawl, but he eventually gets in the ring. He takes it to Kofi immediately, though Kofi is able to battle him off. The two exchange blows, with Washington hitting a clothesline on Kofi. He tries to eliminate Kofi.

    On the other side, Mysterio and Christian are fighting when Christian hits an inverted facelock backbreaker. He tries to eliminate Mysterio on his side.

     

    Entry No. 5: John Morrison

    Morrison comes in and goes right over to help Kofi, hitting Washington hard on the back. As Kofi recovers, Morrison whips Washington toward the far rope, and Morrison and Kofi throw him over the top together.

    Abraham Washington is eliminated. (Morrison and Kofi)

    He and Kofi stare down while Christian nearly eliminates Mysterio on the other side, who hangs on to the apron and rolls back in, but gets stomped on.

     

    Entry No. 6: Tyson Kidd

    Kidd comes out next with a spark as he takes down both Morrison and Kofi. He hits Kofi with a pumphandle gutbuster and tries to eliminate Morrison.

    Christian is on the outside now recouping, though not eliminated. Mysterio comes into face Kofi as the two trade kicks. After a hurricanrana, Kofi is on his knees and takes a kick to the temple by Mysterio.

     

    Entry No. 7: Curt Hawkins

    Hawkins comes out slowly, surveying the scene. He rolls in, and after Kofi hits Mysterio with a dropkick, Hawkins hits a twisting flipping leg hook belly-to-back suplex. He then helps out Kidd as they both try to eliminate Morrison.

    Morrison battles them back with rights and lefts and flips Kidd over the top. Kidd lands on the apron and hits a charging Morrison with a shoulder block.

     

    Entry No. 8: RVD

    RVD comes in and immediately goes after everyone. He is on fire with huge kicks. He flips Kofi over and sends Kidd to the mat. He and Mysterio are the only men standing, and they fire off lefts and rights, punches and kicks.

    Mysterio gets RVD in a headscissors, and they get stuck in the ropes. Hawkins runs as Christian comes back in and they eliminate both men together.

    Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam are eliminated. (Hawkins and Christian)

    The two men look around and are attacked by Morrison and Kofi. The two together hit some big shots.

     

    Entry No. 9: DH Smith

    As Kidd is rising and out of the mix of fighting, Smith comes down to stand next to his partner. The two nod to one another and pull Kingston and Morrison off Hawkins and Christian. They ram the two together and hit side by side suplexes.

    They taunt together, causing Christian to once again bail from the ring. The two go after Hawkins as he comes at them hitting a double-team powerbomb and facebuster.

     

    Entry No. 10: Cody Rhodes

    Rhodes is out next, taunting the crowd. He gets in the ring and looks at all the competitors with contempt. He watches Kidd snap on a Sharpshooter, and he simply stands there. Kofi comes toward him and motions to fight. The two brawl as Rhodes eventually hits an Alabama Slam.

    He tries to eliminate Kofi, who holds on. Eventually, he gets him over, but Kofi stands on the apron. Rhodes misses with a swipe, and Kofi hits a Trouble in Paradise.

    Around this time, Hawkins is trying to fight Smith while Morrison is facing Kidd. Smith overpowers Hawkins, but he can't eliminate him.

     

    Entry No. 11: Tyler Reks

    Reks runs down to the ring, fighting off Smith. Kidd and Smith regroup together with Morrison out. They try to go over the two, but Hawkins and Reks overpower the respective Smith and Kidd.

    Reks hits the Burning Hammer on Smith and eliminates him. Hawkins takes out Kidd with the Taste of Pain and follows suit.

    DH Smith has been eliminated. (Reks) Tyson Kidd has been eliminated. (Hawkins)

    Morrison is fighting a wobbly Rhodes as Kofi is on the outside against Christian. Kofi pulls out a tornado DDT, and Christian is out on the floor.

Royal Rumble Part 2

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    Entry No. 12: Wade Barrett

    Barrett comes in next, and he helps out Rhodes immediately. They double team and eliminate Morrison.

    John Morrison has been eliminated. (Barrett and Rhodes)

    Reks and Hawkins then go after the duo as the four all brawl. Kofi gets involved in the brawl with Christian on the outside still.

     

    Entry No. 13: Santino Marella

    Santino comes out and marches down with authority. He hits a huge clothesline on Hawkins then an inverted atomic drop on Barrett. He goes crazy with a series of rights on Reks, followed by an STO. He then teams with Kofi to hit some explosive shots.

    Then, Rhodes takes out Santino from behind. He beats on him and tries to eliminate him to no avail.

     

    Entry No. 14: Sin Cara Azul

    Azul runs down to the ring, brawling with everyone in the ring. He hits a springboard elbow on Reks, and he flies right through Hawkins.

    He is going for a top rope move when Christian runs in and spears Azul. He throws him over without a thought.

    Sin Cara Azul has been eliminated. (Christian)

    Christian celebrates until the next challenger comes out.

     

    Entry No. 15: Kane

    The monster Kane storms the ring as everyone stops. They watch as Kane gets in the ring, and he looks over every one of them. Kane looks over at Christian and goes after him first. The two brawl, but Kane won't stop. He takes down Christian and chokeslams him over the top rope.

    Christian has been eliminated. (Kane)

    Rhodes goes after Kane, only to be met by a stiff upper cut. Santino he takes down with a military press slam. When Reks and Hawkins try to double-team him, he throws them both over his shoulders. Kofi comes at him, only to be slammed and big booted over the top rope.

    Kofi Kingston has been eliminated. (Kane)

     

    Entry No. 16: Sheamus

    Sheamus warily makes his way to the ring with Kane in the middle. He moves toward Barrett as the two contemplate how they will take him down. They wait for the Big Red Monster to turn away, and then they hit a double-team big boot.

    Kane falls to the mat, and the two beat on him. It doesn't last long, as he grabs both by the throats. He rises and hits a double chokeslam.

    Rhodes is taking on Santino, and the two are exchanging blows. The Kane spot distracts Rhodes, though, and Santino actually takes Rhodes over the top. Rhodes lands on his side onto the apron.

     

    Entry No. 17: Zack Ryder

    Ryder soaks in the crowd reaction as he makes his way down to the ring and gets into the action.

    Rhodes and Santino keep fighting when Kane comes in and takes out both.

    Cody Rhodes and Santino Marella have been eliminated. (Kane)

    Ryder fights with the team of Barrett and Sheamus, but they overpower him. With no one to help him, Ryder is quickly taken out of the match.

    Zack Ryder has been eliminated. (Barrett and Sheamus)

    Left in the ring, Barrett and Sheamus stand side by side, as do Hawkins and Reks. Kane stares them all down with a mix of a scowl and a sick grin.

     

    Entry No. 18: Sin Cara Negro

    Negro comes in and realizes he is stuck in between several packs of wolves. He turns toward the one man in Kane, only to be taken up for a chokeslam. He gets hit for a backbreaker and falling powerslam before being dumped out of the ring.

    Sin Cara Negro has been eliminated. (Kane)

    The four other stars in the match besides Kane go right after him. They beat on him and try to collectively eliminate him. They unfortunately do not have enough time before the next entrant.

     

    Entry No. 19: Undertaker

    Taker makes his way down to the ring, and he gets into the ring, fighting off all other stars in his way. He and Kane pull out a double chokeslam on both teams. They look at one another and smile as only the Brothers of Destruction can. Together, they double clothesline Reks out of the ring.

    Tyler Reks has been eliminated. (Taker and Kane)

    Curt Hawkins bails from the ring, so the only stars in the ring are Barrett, Sheamus, Kane and Undertaker. The tension is palpable before these stars collide. Barrett and Sheamus hold their own for a time, but are eventually taken down though not eliminated.

     

    Entry No. 20: Booker T

    Booker fully uses his time to get into the ring, then goes after Kane and Taker. He takes both men down for a second before they do their signature sit-up. Booker backs up into a corner as the group around is growing.

    Barrett takes out Taker from behind, and Sheamus succeeds with Kane. They smile together until a frown forms on Sheamus' face. He hits a Brogue Kick to Barrett, eliminating him.

    Wade Barrett has been eliminated. (Sheamus)

    The Celtic Warrior smiles and taunts as Barrett leaves with disgust.

     

    Entry No. 21: Chris Masters

    Masters comes down to the ring, and he immediately faces down Undertaker. He shakes his head at Taker, and the two brawl with one another.

    At the same time, Booker is fighting Hawkins on the other side when a blocked Book End leads to Hawkins throwing Booker over the top.

    Booker T has been eliminated. (Hawkins)

    Masters has Undertaker reeling until Kane blasts Masters with a huge big boot. The brothers show respect to one another, and Taker turns his back. Kane keeps staring at his brother. Suddenly, he walks right toward and grabs his brother hitting a tombstone. He then clotheslines Undertaker out.

    Undertaker has been eliminated. (Kane)

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    Entry No. 22: Jeff Hardy

    Hardy makes his way down to the ring with a great crowd reaction. He comes in and brawls with the young upstart in Hawkins, who is the longest lasting remaining entrant. The two exchange blows until Hardy hits a shot followed quickly by a Whisper in the Wind.

    He then hits the Twist of Fate and goes to the top rope. He hits the Swanton Bomb, and he promptly eliminates Hawkins.

    Curt Hawkins has been eliminated. (Hardy)

    During this time, Masters is trying to fight Kane, but Kane is batting him off. Masters can't even get a shot. Sheamus comes in and attacks Kane too, though, hitting a clothesline. He and Masters work over the monster, trying to keep him down.

     

    Entry No. 23: Death Rey

    Death Rey comes out next with Kharma at her side. As she nears the ring, she stops and tells Kharma to stay out of the action.

    Rey gets in the ring and brawls with Hardy. The two have an agile exchange of kicks against one another. She hits Hardy with a tiger suplex. She stomps on him.

    Kane is battling two men in Sheamus and Masters in a straight ahead brawl.

     

    Entry No. 24: Jack Swagger

    Swagger is up next and joins the attack on Kane. Together, all three men keep Kane down and beat on him.

    Rey takes a mule kick and then the Hardyac Arrest. Hardy puts up a good fight, but he keeps pulling back feeling bad about beating up a woman. This causes Rey to gain the upper hand, slapping him right in the face.

    She then executes the Royal Butterfly over the top rope. Hardy holds on though.

     

    Entry No. 25: Mark Henry

    Henry gets in the ring and rolls over all three men, stomping on Kane. He then picks up Kane to eliminate him, only Kane pulls out. He grabs Henry and hits a chokeslam. Then, he executes a tombstone and eliminates Henry as everyone looks on in amazement.

    Mark Henry has been eliminated. (Kane)

    From behind, every star in the match still tries to take out Kane. They lift him over with all their strength, but he still fights out.

    The entire group stops fighting one another, knowing that they have a problem in the match.

     

    Entry No. 26: Vladimir Koslov

    Koslov comes out completely stone-faced. He gets in the ring and stares down Kane. The two brawl, with Koslov gaining the advantage. He hits a running headbutt and tries to get Kane out. This time, Koslov adds just enough with everyone involved to eliminate Kane as a collective.

    Kane has been eliminated. (Various)

    Some of the stars are completely lost in the idea that they finally got out Kane that they forget to watch out for others. Rey comes in and throws out Masters from the match, who throws a fit.

    Chris Masters has been eliminated. (Rey)

    In the chaos, Koslov and Sheamus team up against Swagger, and Rey battles Hardy.

     

    Entry No. 27: Dolph Ziggler

    Ziggler's music hits, but no one comes out. Suddenly, Cena makes his way out and down the ramp. The commentators don't know what to make of Cena entering. Cena gets big boos as he enters to Ziggler's music.

    Meanwhile, Swagger is eliminated by the combined force of Koslov and Sheamus.

    Jack Swagger has been eliminated. (Koslov and Sheamus)

    Cena gets in the ring as Rey is facing Hardy and Sheamus and Koslov wait. Cena takes out both men with big clotheslines and ducks a shot from Koslov, throwing the Russian over the top rope.

    Vladimir Koslov has been elimiated. (Cena)

    Sheamus and Cena face off, and Rey and Hardy seem close to a finish.

     

    Entry No. 28: R-Truth

    Truth comes down to the ring, and he attacks all. He eventually goes after Cena. During this time, Rey pushes Hardy off the top when he tries to hit a big move.

    Jeff Hardy has been eliminated. (Rey)

    Sheamus runs in to try and double eliminate both Truth and Cena, but Cena ducks. Sheamus takes out Truth, with Cena helping push Sheamus over too.

    R-Truth has been eliminated. (Sheamus) Sheamus has been eliminated. (Cena)

    Death Rey and Cena stare off in an obvious mismatch in all ways. She slaps Cena in the face, whose smile about the situation changes. He turns Rey in and gets her on his shoulders. He eliminates Rey with the AA.

    Death Rey has been eliminated. (Cena)

    Cena is all alone in the ring, awaiting the count.

     

    Entry No. 29: The Rock

    Rock hits to a massive pop as he flies down the ring, railing on Cena. The two try to exchange blows, but it becomes one-sided. Spinebuster, running swinging neckbreaker, running thrust lariat.

    Rock is all over the place with stiff hits. Cena reverses a hold into an AA attempt, which Rock blocks. He hits the Rock Bottom.

    Rock then calls to the crowd, and he tries to eliminate Cena. Cena grabs him back, and they both go tumbling over the top rope.

    John Cena has been eliminated. (The Rock) The Rock has been eliminated. (John Cena)

    There is no one left as the counter goes down to zero with Cena and the Rock walking to the back staring each other down.

     

    Entry No. 30: Seth Rollins

    Rollins gets in the ring, and the bell rings. Rollins is going WrestleMania! He celebrates in the ring as pyros go off.

    Matthews: "I can't believe it!"

    JR: "He didn't do a damn thing. He just waited for his number to be called. That isn't right."

    Striker: "It's impressive and brilliant! Wow, he stole the Rumble."

    Lawler: "You know what? He wrestled earlier in the night, and now he doesn't care. Your new Royal Rumble winner, folks."

    The rookie Rollins is going crazy as the night ends.

And the Credits Roll!

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